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Pocock set for long-awaited return

Wallaby flanker David Pocock will make his long-awaited return to action this weekend after being named in the Brumbies team to take on the Waratahs on Saturday.

Pocock will notch his 100th Super Rugby match, after playing 69 with the Western Force before joining the Brumbies in 2013.

Pocock’s addition is the only change to Dan McKellar’s starting side that beat the Sharks in week five.

McKellar has been forced to make several changes on the bench due to injury and unavailability, with prop Mees Erasmus in line for a Super Rugby debut.

Erasmus is joined by the returning Robbie Abel and fellow prop Faalelei Sione whilst Richie Arnold and Tom Cusack provide cover in the lock department and back-row respectively.

There also appears to be plenty in reserve amongst the backs with Matt Lucas, Kyle Godwin and Tom Banks ready to step off the bench and make their mark in a match that is traditionally one of the highlights of the season.

BRUMBIES

1. Scott Sio, 2. Folau Fainga’a, 3. Allan Alaalatoa, 4. Rory Arnold, 5. Blake Enever, 6. Lachlan McCaffrey, 7. David Pocock, 8. Isa Naisarani, 9. Joe Powell, 10. Wharenui Hawera, 11. Lausii Taliauli, 12. Christian Leali’ifano, 13. Chris Kuridrani, 14. Henry Speight, 15. Andy Muirhead.
Reserves: 16. Robbie Abel, 17. Faalelei Sione, 18. Mees Erasmus, 19. Richie Arnold, 20. Tom Cusack, 21. Matt Lucas, 22. Kyle Godwin, 23. Tom Banks.

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Pocock set for long-awaited return